MX23RW : Thursday, January 23 05:59:27| >> :600:1003593:1003593:
Jan 12, 2020 at 6pm UK at ​King Abdullah Sports City
Real Madrid
0-0
AtleticoAtletico Madrid

Valverde (115')
FT
(aet)
Real Madrid win 4-1 on penalties

Zinedine Zidane: 'I'm a better coach than I was in my first stint with Madrid'

Zinedine Zidane: 'I'm a better coach than I was in my first stint with Madrid'
© Reuters
Real Madrid will go up against Atletico in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane insists he is a better coach in his second spell at Real Madrid ahead of his side's Spanish Super Cup final.

Real will face capital rivals Atletico Madrid in Sunday's showpiece at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Saudi Arabia.

Zidane's side secured a convincing 3-1 win over Valencia in their semi-final tie earlier this week before Atletico struck twice in the last 10 minutes to record a 3-2 victory against Barcelona in their last-four encounter.

Real, who will be without Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard, head into the final on an unbeaten run of 15 matches in all competitions, while they have lost just once in LaLiga this season.

Zidane resigned as Real manager in the summer of 2018, just five days after becoming the first manager to win the Champions League in three consecutive campaigns.

But the Frenchman returned to the Bernabeu 10 months later and, on Sunday, will go in search of his 10th trophy as manager of the Spanish giants.

"I consider myself to be better than I was in my first stint and I'm progressing," said Zidane on Real Madrid's website.

"In life, and not just as a coach, we learn from situations and the people around us. I really like to listen to those who work with me because they're very good at what they do.

"That allows me to develop as a coach and person. That's my target. The question of being a lucky coach won't change and that depends on how everyone sees things.

"I'm here to work and I enjoy what I do. I can't influence anything else. I remain strong and convinced about what I do out on the training pitch.

"We've got a really good squad and, once again, we want to put smiles on our fans' faces and that's what we work for."

Standing in Zidane's way of his first trophy in his second stint at Real Madrid will be Diego Simeone's side – boosted by their comeback win against Barcelona.

Zinedine Zidane shakes hands with Diego Simeone ahead of Sunday's final
Zinedine Zidane shakes hands with Diego Simeone ahead of Sunday's final (Hassan Ammar/AP)

Atletico were heading for another defeat against the LaLiga champions with 10 minutes left on Thursday before strikes from Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa turned the semi-final tie on its head.

It marked Atletico's first triumph over Barcelona in almost four years.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's final, Simeone said: "There isn't a more important game for Atletico Madrid's fans, players, directors and coaches than this.

"We know Real Madrid very well. They have world-class players and a coach who's a winner. Benzema, Bale and Hazard aren't here but nothing changed. We'll need to find ways to attack them and hurt them.

"I believe in my players. When I feel they're in good shape, I fear nothing."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Zinedine Zidane

Click here for more stories about Real Madrid

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Flamengo midfielder Reinier pictured in November 2019
Read Next:
Reinier 'set to undergo Real Madrid medical today'
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
Coppa Italia
Australian Open Second Round
12am
Bedene
Gulbis
12am
Sugita
Rublev
12am
Basilashvili
Verdasco
12am
Collins
Putintseva
12am
Mertens
Watson
12am
Swiatek
Suarez Navarro
12am
Pavlyuchenkova
Townsend
12am
Vekic
Cornet
12am
Bellis
Muchova
12am
Diyas
Blinkova
12am
Bencic
Ostapenko
12am
Muguruza
Tomljanovic
2am
Monfils
Karlovic
2am
Medvedev
Martinez
2am
Sorribes Tormo
Kontaveit
2am
Rodionova
Bertens
2am
Siegemund
Pliskova
3am
Gerasimov
Zverev
3.30am
Fritz
Anderson
4am
Munar
Popyrin
4am
Goffin
Herbert
4am
Bolt
Thiem
4.30am
Hon
Kerber
5am
Kuznetsova
Giorgi
5.45am
Kyrgios
Simon
6am
Isner
Tabilo
6am
Gojowczyk
Carreno Busta
7am
Ymer
Khachanov
8am
Seppi
Wawrinka
8am
Dart
Halep
10am
Nadal
Delbonis
10.30am
Svitolina
Davis
Coupe de la Ligue
Copa del Rey
Scottish Premiership
Greek Superleague
Copa Libertadores
AFC Champions League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd249783629734
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs249783832634
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2365122738-1123
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2445152447-2317

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!